1st April 2018
Head of My Creativity Faculty
It has been a busy term for our Pencalenick dancers and we are all beaming with pride!
Caitlin Craze, Sam Gill, Natalia Goleniowska, Jack Martin, Kyle Rowe, Macauly Stainer and Connor Thomas make up what I like to call our very own Pencalenick Dance Company. The group comprises a mix of pupils from KS2 to KS4 who opted to take Dance as part of their Friday afternoon THRIVE sessions. Every week they work their socks off to develop their skills in Contemporary dance, improvisation, choreography and performance. This term has been particularly tough on the dancers as they have had to endure a grueling rehearsal schedule in preparation for two performances.
At the end of January our Pencalenick Dance Company performed in the Secondary Schools Dance Platform at the HfC. We were incredibly privileged to collaborate with London-based Contemporary dance company, Tavaziva. The Artistic Director of the company, Bawren Tavaziva, visited Pencalenick with one of his dancers in order to deliver workshops in African Contemporary dance and ultimately choreograph a piece for us to perform in the showcase. He was an inspiration to work with and our 7 dancers truly embraced this fantastic opportunity.
The finished piece was given the title Amandla, a Zulu word meaning power. The dance told the story of a president looking to find her successor. Whilst many a candidate believed that they had what it takes, the president came to the decision that no one was good enough and that she would have to stay in power. I would like to thank Sapphire May for stepping in at the last minute to perform the role of President.
In March the dancers were back on stage at the HfC performing in the Carrick Dance Project. One of the Year 11 dancers, Kyle Rowe, had the idea of dancing with boxes, and our theme for this piece developed from there. We explored the way that people give us labels, telling us what we are, how to act and who to be. It can be exhausting to live up to a title that does not align with who we really are...so break free. Be the person you want to be, not the person you think you have to be. Embrace who you are and be proud of who you are. Do not let anyone put you in a box. We called this dance I Choose Me.
Whilst I was the named choreographer for our Carrick Dance performance, I Choose Me was very much a culmination of everyone’s creative thinking. The pupils who make up our Pencalenick Dance Company are a wonderfully creative, determined, resilient and supportive group of individuals with a passion for dance. I could not do what I do without their hard work. We are a team and only together do we shine.